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In Vegas, eye in the sky guards money, not guests

October 7, 2013 • National News


FILE – In this file photo taken Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007, guests descend an escalator to the main casino floor of the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. While casinos have thousands of cameras watching the gaming floors, entrances and some elevators, cameras are absent in the hallways of the guest room floors where thousands of crimes occur. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Hotel maid Brandi Patrick was chased down the hallway at the Flamingo casino last year by a nearly naked man. She said she had to lock herself in a cleaning closet and, as the man rattled the handle, fumble around in her pockets to find her cellphone so she could call security.

She said she’s haunted by the thought of what might have happened if she hadn’t had her phone. “Something could happen and no one would know it ’till the end of the shift,” she said.

Las Vegas casinos— some of the most closely-watched spaces in the world— don’t have video cameras in guest room hallways, an absence that hotel workers like Patrick, patrons and prosecutors say can act as a green light for crime.

Casino bosses say there is no need for extra security: America’s playground boasts more cameras per square foot than any airport or sports arena in the country, with thousands of high-tech lenses watching the gambling floors, lobbies and elevators.

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